Tuesday, May 13, 2008

In the spotlight - CHOCOLATE HILLS, “a scene of unusual beauty”

Picture above is the "Chocolate Hills," famous tourist attraction located in Bohol, Philippines.

Today, "Chocolate Hills" is in the spotlight as its rank climbed to 9th spot among the top 71 list of the New 7Wonders of Nature.

The "Chocolate Hills, " an unusual geological formation in Bohol, Philippines, is composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills or mounds of about the same size. It covers an area of more than 50 square kilometers comprising the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan. The hills are covered in green grass that turns chocolate brown during the dry season, hence the name, "Chocolate Hills." On June 18, 1988, it has been declared as the Philippine's 3rd National Geological Monument and also being nominated for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Two other Philippine nature wonders already in the roster of UNESCO World Heritage List are also among the top 71. Tubbataha Reef ranked 8th and Puerto Princesa's Subterranean River National Park, ranked 18th. These are the Philippines' big 3 vying for the top 7 New Wonders of Nature. The final results will be officially declared in the summer of 2010.

The New 7Wonders Foundation of Switzerland is behind the project for the new 7 Wonders of Nature. The foundation which has its motto: "Our Heritage Is Our Future," is calling all citizens of the world to support the project, according to its website.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the Department of Tourism has urged and encourage all Filipinos to participate in this survey and promote the tourism industry of the country.
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Chocolate Hills photo credit: Steve

2 comments:

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

I never knew such an amazing wonder existed! I am going to have to put that on my list of places I wish to visit one day. Thank you for enlightening me!

Enn said...

Hi Heidi,
Perhaps some day, I can invite you to visit these places. Thanks for your comment... Enn